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7 Feb 2022
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More medium and high density housing proposed
Details of new ambulance station 'inadequate' - Tesch
Community views about local newspapers surveyed
Banner policy move follows Australia Day request
Council defends its use of the Australian flag
Council to pursue special rates variation application
The Bays group to hold annual meeting
Woy Woy man on drink charges after falling overboard
Rotary club raises $2500 through bingo
Two books for CWA book club
Monthly car boot sale planned
Whale tail sculptures restored
Uniting Church service online
Cooking competition winners
Ferry diverted
Appeal raises $2000 for hall maintenance
Christmas display raises $2600 for charity
Supported playgroup at Mingaletta
Bays group gets its own QR code
Rotary club celebrates 46 years
Rotary holds relaxed social evening
Rotary appeal accepts donations for Tonga
Another two 'for the Peninsula'
Waiting list started for opening night tickets
Rain over three days nears January total
Housing strategy aims for 25 per cent increase
Better than increasing Peninsula housing density?
Housing strategy report provides Peninsula profile
Housing discussion: the questions
Proposal for four apartments on The Esplanade
Residents object to Timbertop Dr tree removal
Portal problems acknowledged
Resubmitted Ferry Rd application lacks documentation
Dual occupancy open for comment without plans
Pearl Beach secondary dwelling set back from lagoon
Housing discussion paper deserves factual response
Nature's forces give a glimpse of the future
Headline accurately predicts the future
Fast train: Keep election promises within cooee of reality
Active coronavirus cases reported drop below 600
Aged care home comes out of lockdown in stages
School community member tests positive
Hospital prepares for expansion
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Little Theatre plans short play festival
Woy Woy South swimming carnival on Wednesday
Drive through collection for rapid antigen tests
Continuing as Ettalong relieving principal
Karen Wardlaw takes on principal role at Umina Beach
New staff start at Woy Woy South
Year 7 camp postponed
Brisbane Water wins interclub bridge event
Men's Fours championship won
Bridge club holds red point events
A gala day of bowls, barbecue and raffle
Family discounts for board riders
Jacob qualifies with personal best
Delayed Major Pairs championship finally played
Back in the water for the Iron Series
Southern Spirit cricket results
Significant milestones for Ben and William
First Aid teams win gold
Umina Bunnies hold junior registration days
Netball association seeks expressions of interest
Roosters junior training starts
Thomson stays on as media contact
Veteran singles



Housing discussion paper deserves factual response

The discussion paper for a Local Housing Strategy is now posted for comment by Central Coast Council.

Assuming that the strategy, when it finally emerges, is not just the usual collection of platitudes and unachievable goals so common to council documents, this would be the most important statement of purpose that most residents of Central Coast will ever see.

The whole future form and fabric of Central Coast will be shaped by what is spelled out in the strategy, and every neighbourhood environment will be affected by the provisions of the strategy.

Anybody who is concerned about the quality of life in Central Coast over the coming quarter-century should note what is proposed and take the opportunity to express an opinion on the contents of the discussion paper.

For the easiest avenue, there is an online questionnaire that can be filled out in a few minutes.

However, as with most questionnaires, particularly those used by Council, many of the questions are slanted to give an answer that is suggested (or even required) by the wording.

Accordingly, anyone who wants to express a nuanced view will have to formulate a specific e-mail submission for which there is a provision.

Of course, there is nothing to inhibit an interested person in doing both, and this might be the best approach.

If there are few submissions, this will be used by council as evidence that the vast majority are happy with the directions suggested by the paper, so the opportunity to comment should be taken seriously.

It will be no use complaining afterwards, if policies are adopted that don't meet community wishes.

The paper contains a wealth of information (it is one of the few worthwhile council documents that I've seen) that should be studied carefully.

Anyone making a submission should, if possible, refer to specific facts given in the paper and not make general assumptions that can be contradicted by evidence.

This kind of careless rendering of unsupported opinion can be used to discredit the usefulness of community participation which is already in danger at both council and state levels.

It is clear that the intention of the state government is to whittle away the role of local government in development planning, so a strong Local Housing Strategy would be a protection against this trend.

The state's Central Coast Regional Plan is innocuous enough to be tolerated but we could be lumbered with much worse, if we don't protect ourselves now.

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